Cowboy Up for Weekend Trivia!

While the House Championship is already sewn up at one of our weekend venues, we had another teams hoping to mimic that feat this weekend!  Find out if they were able to accomplish that feat in our weekend recap:

WEEKEND STATS AND FACTS (29 teams across four venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Uncle Jack (Belles’) and Smarty Pants (Belles’) with 159

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Uncle Jack and Smarty Pants with 147

–> Highest First Half Score: Uncle Jack and Smarty Pants with 87

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagering questions and final): NONE

–> Combining both nights of trivia, the halftime pages played to an average of 16.1, with two teams (Give us Your Beer Money and Dutchess) scoring a perfect 20 points.

SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (33.3% success rate):

–> Sometimes used in a trivia context, which verb defined as “to provide someone with so much help that they do not need to think for themselves” is the longest English word whose letters are in reverse alphabetical order.

SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (60.0% success rate):

–> Between 1957 and 1967, three different shows in this genre were each ranked as the highest Nielsen-rated show for at least one full season.  Since 1967, a show in this genre has NEVER topped the overall Nielsen ratings.  (you’ll find the answers later in this blog)


Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD

Subbing for Ronnie tonight, I got the pleasure to host here at Belles’ Sports Bar for some very competitive Pour House Trivia. How competitive was this game, might you ask?  We started the game with six teams. After the first round, all six teams were at 30 points or above, separated by only six points.  After the second round and the halftime puzzle page were completed, all six teams were above 80 points with the rankings as following:

Tied for 1st) Smarty Pants & Uncle Jack – 87 points

3rd) Demented and Sad but Social – 82 points

4th) Outwhitters – 81 points

Tied for 5th) – Dufresne Party of Four & Friends and Family – 80 points

The third round is where the game really got interesting…  Commercial Catch Phrases started the third round which stifled two-thirds of the teams.  We were looking for the brand that created the catchphrase “I’m not a doctor but I play one on TV…”.   The answer was Vicks, but unfortunately the most common answer was Robitussin.  But the question that really stumped our teams was the NASCAR question!  While numerous father-sin tandoms have won the Daytona 500, who are the only set of brothers to win The Great American Race?  The overwhelming majority of teams (five out of six) put Busch as their answer.  While Kurt Busch is the 2017 Champion, he is the only Busch to have won the race.  We had to go a little further back to come up with the correct answer of Michael and Darrell Waltrip.

The second half was more about avoiding the landmines and keeping your bonus intact.  At the end of three rounds, the contest had dissolved into a two-team race, with the other four teams within 10 points.  Uncle Jack led by one point over Smarty Pants going into the final round.  The final round kept the places about the same until the final question. At the end of four we had the following scores.

1st – tied) Smarty Pants & Uncle Jack – 147

3rd) Dufresne Party of 4 – 140

Only the top two teams nailed the final, so we went to the tie-breaker, where Smarty Pants was able to guess closest to: “How many episodes of “Welcome Back, Kotter” aired?” (95)  The final standings: Smarty Pants takes the gold, Uncle Jack settles for the silver and Dufresne Party of Four takes home the bronze.

Next week’s first category:  Triple 50/50: Brady Bunch or Partridge Family?  Don’t worry, we’ll skip the Piet Mondrian question…

~ Scott

Brady Partridge


Pretzel and Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD

We hosted a GREAT game of trivia at Pretzel & Pizza Creations on Saturday night!  The place was packed with regular teams, but we also had three new teams first time teams throw their hat in the ring!  All told, we hosted 12 trivia teams, the biggest crowd in our two years here!  Needless to say, it was quite an up-and-down game for almost everyone, with teams moving in and out of the leader board throughout the entire night!

After two difficult questions in the second round, our regular teams began to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.  Give Us Your Beer Money notched the only perfect 20 on the halftime puzzle page, but it was Gimpin’ Ain’t Easy who snuck into the lead at the break, thanks to several two-point bonuses.

The second half started with a BANG, as the category of Commercial Catch Phrases pulled in a number of five-point bonus attempts, but only three teams were able to come up the correct answer of Vicks as the originator of the catchphrase: “I’m not a doctor but I play one on TV…”.  Give Us Your Beer Money got through the third round unscathed, only missing its one-point wager on the aforementioned question.  A two-point bonus on the final round question on posthumous Oscar winners sealed the deal for our perennial powerhouse, as they closed the fourth round with a 15-point lead.

It was no surprise to me when the final question gave almost everyone one last switch to the top three spots.  It seemed like every team had some trouble at some point during the game, but three teams were able to come up with the correct final answer of ‘spoonfeed’.  Once the fires died down this is who our winners were.  Making a BIG move from eighth place to third 3rd place was Last Place!  With a jump from fourth place to second place was Gimpin’ Ain’t Easy!!  Give it up for our champions tonight: Give Us Your Beer Money!  With the win they have CLINCHED THE SEASON XV HOUSE TITLE!  Great job!

Our winner’s decided to go with the movie “The Last Starfighter” for next week’s first category, so study up and come join the battle with us on Saturday at Pretzel & Pizza Creations!!

~ Jon J

Last Starfighter


Captain Benders Tavern in Sharpsburg, MD

There was no game this weekend at Captain Benders.  Torie returns next week with an opening question on the film “Spies Like Us”.



Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD

We had a notable winning streak come to an end here at The Tilted Kilt on Sunday.  One of our regular teams had a four-week winning streak going on between here and our previous Sunday night venue, but as the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end”.  Tonight’s game was kinda weird in that there was a good number of teams randomly struggling throughout the whole game!  What’s even weirder is that the team that won tonight missed three of their four bonus category questions.

The audio question proved to be surprisingly difficult, as our teams attempted to guess the first word which appeared in each of three different song titles.  The songs were recorded by The Monkees, Pearl Jam, and The Strokes, but only ONE team surmised the correct response of “Last” (“Last train to Clakrsville”, “Last Kiss”, and “Last Nite”).  Our teams recovered nicely on the halftime page, as Dutchess recorded 20 points, but still trailed our leaders by six.

The second half continued in a roller coaster manner, as questions on the Davis Cup tennis tournament and filmmaker Michael Moore stumped our field.  Even though we chuckled about how low the winning scores ended up being for the entire game, there are still the top three teams no matter what the score!  Finishing in 3rd place was the Survivors!  Their pretty sweet win streak was stopped but they still pulled out a second place finish after the final question, the Duchess!!  There’s a new winner here, and their name is Fat Kids Are Hard To Kidnap!

Our winners chose Astronomy for next week’s first category, so study up, and I’ll look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday at Tilted Kilt!!

~ Jon  J

Astronomy Trivia